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What do you love about Castlemaine Botanical Gardens?

Walkers at Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Share what you love about the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens and help guide the future management of the heritage listed gardens.

Monday 23 October 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council is seeking community input to help shape the management and conservation of the much loved Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

Council is developing a conservation management plan (CMP) that will include recommendations and an action plan to protect significant natural and cultural features at the gardens.

As a first step, Council would like to hear from park users on what they value about the much loved gem and what they consider important for the future management of the gardens.

“The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens are among the oldest in Victoria and are popular with visitors and residents of all ages,” said Rebecca Stockfeld, Acting Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The 19th century gardens are home to an impressive collective of native and exotic trees, as well as individual specimens,” said Ms Stockfeld.

“A huge English Oak planted by the Duke of Edinburgh more than 150 years ago is growing within the award-winning playground.

“The picnic facilities are a drawcard for families and the well maintained paths attract walkers and joggers alike,” she said.

The heritage-listed gardens which span approximately 28 hectares feature formal garden beds, original features such as oak and elm avenues, Lake Joanna, the former tea rooms, a fountain and a meandering creek.

To get involved, complete the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens survey via the Have Your Say section of Council’s website by Friday 12 November.

Hard copies are also available at the Civic Centre and library in Castlemaine.

The CMP will include a conservation works plan for significant buildings and landscapes, a maintenance schedule and weed management plans to retain the significance of the botanical gardens into the future.

The draft conservation management plan will go on public exhibition in early 2018. For more information, contact Customer Service on 5471 1700.

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